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Several areas of Bihar, UP flooded; death toll rises to 148

The highest number of deaths 111 were reported from Uttar Pradesh, while 28 people lost their lives in Bihar since last week

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Several regions of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were on September 30 reeling from floods, following heavy rainfall over the last few days.

The death toll across the country, in rain-related incidents, mounted to 148.

The highest number of deaths -- 111 were reported from Uttar Pradesh, while 28 people lost their lives in Bihar since last week.

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There is a forecast a long delayed withdrawal of monsoon as well as more rainfall in Bihar, including capital Patna where several areas still remain submerged, and food and relief material are being air dropped.

India recorded its highest rainfall this Monsoon since 1994, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said classifying it 'above normal' as the season officially ended on Monday. However, rain bearing winds still remain active over several parts of the country.

Also read - India records highest monsoon rains in 25 years: IMD

Of the 36 meteorological subdivisions of the IMD, two -- west Madhya Pradesh and Saurashtra and Kutch -- recorded precipitation in "large excess".

In Patna, normal life was thrown out of gear, with several schools shut, roads inundated, and many shops, hospitals and houses submerged in knee deep waters.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi was "rescued" by a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) boat on September 30.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag Paswan are staying at a hotel instead of their house in a posh locality of Patna.

Three fresh deaths caused by drowning were reported on September 30 afternoon, one from Nawada and two from Jehanabad district, raising the toll to 28 in the state.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter commenced air-dropping of food and other relief material to people living in low-lying areas where water level is said to be several feet high.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the flood situation in Bihar with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and said that the Centre stands ready to provide all possible help.

"Spoke to Bihar CM @NitishKumar ji regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. Agencies are working with local administration to assist the affected," PM Modi tweeted.

In Bihar, the disaster management department said six deaths have been reported from Gaya district where five persons were killed in a wall collapse while another person drowned in a river which has been in spate because of rains.

More than 4,000 people, including women and children, were rescued from the flood-affected areas of Patna on September 30, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said.

The force said it has deployed five teams, with about 45 personnel in each, to conduct rescue and relief works in the city.

In Jharkhand, three members of a family died in Dumka district after a wall collapsed on them following heavy rains in the region.

In Uttar Pradesh, since September 25, 104 people have died in rain-related incidents, with the state government on September 29 cancelling leave of officials in view of the situation.

On September 26, 36 people died, 18 people on September 27, 28 on September 28, 18 people on September 29 and four on September 30, according to officials.

In Ballia authorities had to shift about 900 prisoners to other jails after flood waters entered the barracks of the district jail located near the Ganga river.

Delhi

Delhi may witness scattered rains over the next three to four days, according to the weather office.

In a year the rest of India witnessed "above-normal monsoon", the city recorded the lowest rainfall since 2014 with a deficiency of 38 percent, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Delhi recorded 404.1 mm rainfall this monsoon -- from June 1 to September 30 -- against the 30-year average of 648.9 mm, a shortfall of 38 per cent, an official said.

With 10 percent more rainfall than usual this year, India witnessed an 'above-normal' monsoon which officially ended on September 30, IMD data showed.

Besides these states, as many as 13 deaths were reported on September 28 from Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat

In the hill state of Himachal Pradesh, light to moderate rainfall occurred in most places since Sunday evening, bringing the maximum temperature down by a few notches, the meteorological department said.

In Gujarat, three women drowned after their car was swept away at a flooded causeway in Rajkot district on September 29 following heavy rains in several parts of the Saurashtra region.

(With inputs from PTI)

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First Published on Oct 1, 2019 07:46 am
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